NEW REGIONAL STRATEGY

Skills Canada Northwest Territories is very excited to announce our new regional strategy.

This strategy will include more money being made available to local school and community skills clubs as well as more access to Skills Canada NWT workshops and presentations that can be delivered in schools or classrooms. We also plan to offer teachers and skills club volunteers more opportunities for professional development relating to the skill area that they teach.

Over the past year, we have conducted a review of our programs and events, and one of the key findings of this review has been a noticeable decline in student and apprentice participation in recent Skills Canada NWT Territorial Competitions. In order to address this decline we are making some changes to our competition structure and adding some critical programs that will help us to connect more directly with students, teachers and volunteers across the NWT.

Throughout the 2018/2019 school year, Skills Canada NWT will be implementing the following changes to our programming.

Skills Clubs

In order to increase the total number of skills clubs across the NWT, and to grow the pool of potential skills competition participants and competitors, we will be encouraging the creation of new skills clubs and the continuation of existing clubs. More skills club participants means more potential skills competitors, and more interest in trades and technology in general.

We will be offering skills club leaders, from across the NWT, access to professional development opportunities in their skill area. This is intended to provide club leaders with additional skills and knowledge so that they can better teach their club participants, and help prepare those participants for competitions.

Additionally, to simplify and streamline our skills club funding application process, we have moved the entire application and expense claim process online. Please see the Skills Club Manual which can be found on the Skills Canada NWT website for more information about the skills club funding application process.

Non-Competitive Participation Stream at TSC

At the 2019 Skills Canada NWT Territorial Competition we will be introducing a new non-competitive participation stream. This will allow secondary students to participate in their chosen skill at the event without competing. They will have a project to complete at the event, but they will have access to assistance and advice if they need it, and they will not be competing against anyone.

More information about the non-competitive participation stream and which skill areas will have access to it, will be available on the Skills Canada NWT website in the coming months.

Classroom Workshops & School Visits

One of the goals of Skills Canada NWT is to have more direct contact with students, teachers and volunteers throughout all NWT communities. As such, we have identified a number of communities that we will be visiting this school year, and each subsequent school year, with a plan to visit every NWT at least once every 4 years. During these visits we will be offering Essential Skills Workshops to classes that would like to invite us in.                                                                                                                                                                                These workshops have been developed to focus on the 9 Essential Skills identified by the government of Canada as being integral to the workplace. Each Essential Skills Workshop is delivered to students as a fun and engaging challenge that allows all students to participate and learn by doing. Workshops can be tailored to suit the audience and age level. An Essential Skills Workshop typically lasts 1 hour.

There will be more information about Essential Skills Workshops on the Skills Canada NWT website.

Support & Funding for In-School Competitions

This year at the Skills Canada NWT Territorial Competition each school/skills club will be invited to send one student to compete at the Territorial Competition, providing the student meets the required minimum standard set for their skill area.

Skills Canada NWT will no longer be hosting Regional Skills Competitions, but rather, schools and skills clubs are encouraged to host local in-school or in-class competitions to determine which student will represent their school at the Territorial Competition.

To assist schools with this, Skills Canada NWT will provide funding directly to schools and skills clubs to host their own in-school competitions. In addition to making funding available, Skills Canada NWT will provide support to teachers and skills club leaders in the form of resources such as contest descriptions, test projects, and other materials to help simplify the process of planning and running a competition. More information will be available on the Skills Canada NWT website regarding competitions, and available funding and resources.

We are very optimistic about these changes. We are confident that more frequent and direct contact and engagement with students, teachers and volunteers in all NWT communities will help us to achieve our ultimate goal of promoting careers in trades and technology to as many NWT youth as possible.

If you have any questions please contact our office at (867) 873-8743.

Sincerely,

Ali Kincaid

Executive Director, Skills Canada NWT